UPATE at 9:30 p.m. The U.S. Department of Justice announced it would challenge in court the restraining order issued earlier by a federal judge in Seattle blocking a ban on immigration from certain countries.
Each side on the battle over immigration policy got a win Friday as one federal judge sided with the Trump administration and another issued an order against it.
In Seattle, U.S. District Judge James Hobart ruled that that President Donald Trump’s prohibition on travel into the United States from seven majority-Muslim countries would be put on hold with a temporary restraining order intended to apply nationwide.
“The state has met its burden in demonstrating immediate and irreparable injury,” Robart said, according to the Associated Press. The request for a restraining order was requested by the State of Washington.
Earlier in the day, Judge Nathaniel Gorton in Boston ruled that an earlier restraining order against Trump’s policy – granted on Jan. 29 – will expire Sunday morning, local time.
The judge challenged the notion that the president’s executive order was a “Muslim ban” and concluded that the plaintiffs were unlikely to win their case in court.
Also on Friday, President Trump signed new executive orders aimed at loosening regulations on banks and investment houses imposed during the Great Recession. Trump’s orders do not actually change the regulations, but instruct officials to study ways to overhaul rules more to a conservative view of the federal government’s role in the economy.
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